Grace Millane: Disappearance of British backpacker being investigated as murder

New Zealand police said Grace Millane was murdered by a man will be charged with murder

A 26-year-old man, who was with Ms Millane when she was last seen, was speaking with authorities and police advised on Saturday afternoon that he would be charged with her murder.

Mr Beard said Ms Millane's passport, necklace and watch were still missing and police wanted anyone with information on these or anything else to get in touch on 0800 676 255.

He was brought back here to Auckland Central Police Station and is now speaking to us in relation to the murder of Grace Millane.

The 22-year-old from Essex - described by her father as "lovely" and "family-orientated" - was last seen in New Zealand a week ago.

Grace was last seen wearing a black dress with white sneakers on Queen Street, in Auckland's CBD, at around 9.41pm last Saturday.

Investigators had said yesterday that they held "grave fears" for Grace's safety.

"Everybody who is a parent will understand what the family is going through. our hearts go out to them".

(AAP) Missing British backpacker Grace Millane has been murdered, police in New Zealand say.

'Several of her belongings, including her passport, are missing and police believe it is likely Grace has these items with her'.

New Zealand Police said the man will remain in custody until Monday morning, when he will appear in the Auckland District Court.

He added that Ms Millane's family were "devastated" by the development and said: "We still do not know where Grace is".

Grace Millane’s father David Millane spoke to reporters on Friday Dec. 7 2018
Grace Millane’s father David Millane spoke to reporters on Friday Dec. 7 2018

Asked why police were now treating Millane's disappearance as a murder, Beard said it was a combination of factors.

"We still do not know where Grace is".

Millane and the man being interviewed by police were together on Saturday evening and went to a number of places before going into CityLife Hotel.

Millane called his daughter a "fun-loving, family-oriented daughter" and urged anyone with information to contact police.

"Grace is still missing and we want to find her", he added.

Police released images of Ms Millane's watch and necklace earlier on Saturday.

She had booked to stay at the Base Backpackers hostel in central Auckland until 8 December.

"I would just like to take this opportunity to appeal to anybody who has seen, spoken to, or come into contact with Grace over the last few days, to come forward with any detail, no matter how small, and contact the investigation team", he said.

He said police were working on reviewing hours of surveillance camera footage from around the city, which has proved crucial in tracking Millane's movements.

The advertising graduate and keen artist arrived in New Zealand on November 20, after travelling through South America.

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